First Raspberry Pi computers arrive in schools

The Raspberry Pi computer has finally started shipping, with some going to a school today and others expected to be delivered this weekend.

First Raspberry Pi computers arrive in schools

The cheap computer, intended to breathe life back into programming, has seen huge demand, crashing sites when it first went on sale. However, the first shipment has taken time to arrive, following delays with certification and a component problem.

According to a BBC report, the first units went into a school in Leeds today, with the £16 ARM-powered devices given to students to be used to teach programming.

The units are being distributed by RS Components and Premier Farnell, the latter of which said it was receiving a batch of the devices today and would be shipping to pre-order customers as soon as possible.

On its website, Raspberry Pi staffers posed for photos loading devices into the back of a car for delivery, with the charity saying: “One of those boxes might have your Raspi in it.”

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